Understanding 3-point hitch categories
When purchasing a tractor, consider the size, condition, and price, as well as the types of jobs you expect it to perform. For most jobs, you’ll need a loader or a 3-point hitch, as well as some implements.
What are the 3-point hitch categories?
The lift arm pin diameter, which ranges from 5/8 in (16 mm) to 2 in (51 mm), is the easiest way to differentiate the 3-point hitch categories, which tell you what size implements can be used with a specific tractor.
Limited Category 1 3-Point Hitch
Some John Deere tractors have a “limited category 1” hitch, which means the hitch may not lift as high or open as wide as a standard category 1 hitch. Some implements, such as the Frontier BB20L Box Blade and RB20L Rear Blade, are designed specifically to work with limited category 1 hitches.
If you’re interested in trying a quick hitch, feel free to contact us or stop by one of our stores. John Deere’s iMatch Quick Hitch fits category 1 and limited category 1 3-point hitches.
What is the difference between Category 1 and 2 tractors?
Long days can seem even longer when you aren’t comfortable. Category 1 Hitch For tractors with 20 to 50 horsepower. Category 2 Hitch For tractors with 50 to 90 horsepower.
What is a Category 3 tractor?
Category 3 tractors have top link pins that measure 1-1/4u2032u2032 and lift arm pins that measure 1=7/16u2032u2032, with lift arm spacing of about 38u2032u2032. Category 3 tractors are beyond what most homesteaders will have, but if you do, be aware of the differences between the cat.
Which is bigger category 1 or 2?
If you have to swap pins frequently, an impact wrench comes in handy; those pins need to be torqued down tight so they don’t come loose. If the equipment has clevis type mounts where a pin goes through two tabs, those frequently have both Cat 1 and Cat 2 spacing.
What is considered a Category 1 tractor?
Category 1 hitches are very common, and you’ll typically see them on tractors under 50 horsepower. This Category 1 hitch is on the back of this B-series tractor, and it’s typically used on tractors with 50 to 150 horsepower, though there are always exceptions in those ranges.
What is a PTO on a tractor?
The Power Take-Off (PTO) shaft is a reliable way to transfer mechanical power from farm tractors to implements.
What is a drawbar on a tractor?
a heavy steel bar attached to the back of a tractor and used as a hitch for pulling machinery such as a plow or mower.
How much can a 3 point hitch lift?
Horizontal sway chain stabilizers regulate side-to-side sway of 3-point-hitch-mounted equipment, with a lift capacity of 1356 pounds (615 kg) measured at 24 in. behind the hitch balls.
What is a hydraulic top link?
This hydraulic top link is a useful agricultural tool that connects to 3-point equipment and is constructed to perform for excellent longevity. It is a category 1 cylinder, compatible with a horsepower range of 25 to 55, and can operate at 3,000 PSI.
What is a 3-point quick hitch?
This category 1 tractor hitch’s lift arm spacing is 27-1/4 in., and the distance between the lift arms and the top link is adjustable from 15 in. to 18-1/4 in.
When backing a tractor with a drawbar implement what are two things to keep in mind?
When backing a tractor with an implement, keep the engine at a low speed and keep your foot on the clutch and brake.
Are tractor attachments universal?
Yes, interchangeable attachments are one of the features that make tractors and skid steers such good investments: you can do the work of four or more machines with just one machine.
How do you determine top link length?
Top link. The best way to figure out the best overall working length for your hydraulic top link is to measure the true mid-stroke pin-pin distance with your tractor hitched to your box blade (for example), with the implement level with the ground front-back and side-to-side.